The Canadian police denied there had been any damage to the permanent sign or other park structures after India denounced the destruction of a park sign in a park in Canada with the name of the Bhagavad Gita.
Peel Regional Police posted on Twitter that the sign was temporary during the park naming ceremony and is currently awaiting the writing to be added.
Peel regional police stated, “Shri Bhagavad Gita Park, #Brampton – Permanent sign is still waiting for the lettering to be applied. There was no evidence of vandalism to the permanent sign or any park structure. It was a temporary park sign used in the park naming ceremony.”
– Shri Bhagavad Gita Park, #Brampton
– Permanent sign is still waiting for the lettering to be applied
– There was no evidence of vandalism to the permanent sign or any park structure
– It was a temporary park sign used in the park naming ceremony
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) October 2, 2022
On Sunday, in the Canadian city of Brampton, there were allegations of vandalism at the recently opened “Shri Bhagavad Gita” park. In response to the reports, the Indian High Commission in Ottawa quickly labeled it a “hate crime” and demanded “immediate action.”
The Indian mission in Canada urged Canadian authorities & @PeelPolice to investigate and take prompt action on the perpetrators.
We condemn the hate crime at the Shri Bhagvad Gita Park in Brampton. We urge Canadian authorities & @PeelPolice to investigate and take prompt action on the perpetrators @MEAIndia @cgivancouver @IndiainToronto pic.twitter.com/mIn4LAZA55
— India in Canada (@HCI_Ottawa) October 2, 2022
Patrick Brown, the mayor of Brampton had earlier denounced the act of vandalism of the park sign on Sunday, then deleted the tweet and published a clarification from the city’s parks department.
“Following yesterday’s complaints of damage to the freshly launched Shri Bhagavad Gita Park, we took fast measures to investigate further,” Mayor Brown tweeted in his most current update. We discovered that the allegedly empty sign was actually a stand-in put up by the builder until the permanent Shri Bhagavad Gita Park sign could be changed tomorrow.
Mayor Brown added, “We are pleased to learn of this outcome. We thank the community for bringing this to our attention, and ensuring Brampton is a safe and inclusive place to call home.”
Days prior to the incident, Canada and India engaged in a war of advisories.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a warning to its citizens who were visiting or preparing to visit Canada on September 23.
Indian nationals, students from India studying in Canada, and those planning to go or enroll in school there are recommended to exercise appropriate caution and maintain vigilance, according to the Indian government’s recommendation.
“Hate crimes, sectarian violence, and anti-India activities” were reported to Canadian authorities, the statement continued, but “The perpetrators of these crimes have not been brought to justice thus far in Canada.”
According to sources, Canada amended its travel advice for its people traveling to India on September 27 and advised them to stay away from “areas within 10 km of the border with Pakistan” in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Punjab.
The modified Canadian government website reportedly referred to the “presence of landmines” and the “unpredictable security scenario,” and urged its citizens to
Avoid all travel to the following states within 10 kilometers of Pakistan’s border due to the erratic security situation and the existence of landmines and unexploded ordnance: Gujarat, Punjab, and Rajasthan.
The Canadian High Commission in New Delhi’s spokeswoman, however, explained that the amendment to their travel advice was limited to the health section and not the entire document.
The spokesperson added, “The update made on September 27 was related only to the ‘health’ section and more specifically to the ‘Covid-19 and international travel’ and ‘Monkeypox: Advice for travelers’ sub-sections.”
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